DNA links Trinidad Caribs to Africa and North America

Repeating Islands

Arawak-Carib-Dancers-History-of-TrinidadRecent work by the North American-based National Geographic Genographic Project on the Carib community in Trinidad, utilising Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid (DNA) has confirmed that members of the community in Arima have very strong ancestral links to Africa and to Native American Indians.

The project involved testing 25 members of the 600-strong Santa Rosa First Peoples Community in July last year and according to Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez, who heads the community, the results will hopefully put to rest, the questions that have been raised regarding the community’s identity in the past. The results of the project were released to Bharath-Hernandez late last month by Dr. Jada Benn Torres from the University of Pennsylvania.

In her letter, she thanked the community for its participation adding, “we have completed preliminary analysis of the mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome (NRY markers). These analyses will tell us about the maternal and paternal lineages of the community members.”…

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